New Deals, Everyday
New Deals, Everyday
I am breastfeeding a 5 year old.
You heard that right!
I breastfeed an almost 5 year old and I am immensely proud of it.
We have even had a lot of funny conversations within the family that center around breast milk.
My child once told his grandfather, who was asking for the child to sleep near him “I will drink two sides and then come”. The bewildered grandfather (my dad) looked to me for an explanation, and was in splits upon knowing what the child meant.
So, you see, in a way, this is also my contribution towards normalizing extended and full term breastfeeding.
Nursing or breastfeeding is the most natural way of nourishing an infant who has just made his way into the world from his parent’s womb. Colostrum, which is the yellowish, sticky breast milk lactated and fed to the infant within the first hour after birth, is prized for its immune boosting properties and often referred to as “liquid gold”.
Breast milk is the first food for the infant and goes on to be the normal source of nourishment for the first six months of the baby’s life. Exclusive nursing is recommended for the first six months of the baby’s life and after start of weaning to solids, WHO recommends continued nursing for a minimum of two years of age or beyond.
Nursing, among numerous benefits, is:
But while you can go on about the health benefits to a nursed child, nursing also improves the health of the nursing parent.
Extended breastfeeding is continuing to nurse your child past the WHO stipulated two years, while intending to wean them later, while full term breastfeeding is letting your child breastfeed for as long as they want and self-wean.
There are many great reasons why you should choose to continue breastfeeding past the first year.
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements
So you see, breastfeeding is only beneficial to a child as well as a mother, and indeed, breastfeeding past the first year is a well informed choice of most parents who choose to continue breastfeeding.
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And as for my 5 year old, he intends to breastfeed until he grows up to be like Appa (his father). Child-led weaning, here we come!